I’m a terrible mother. I’m totally using food as a reward. My child is hooked on cookies. He’s had three types of cookies in his life. Homemade French Macarons for his first birthday, a half a Newman-O lemon sandwich sample at Whole Foods, and most recently, Sweetzel’s Ginger Snaps and Spiced Wafers (I guess those count as 2, so 4 total).
The Sweetzel’s are his weakness right now. I bribe him to settle down by asking if he wants a cookie. That makes no logical sense right? Keep in mind, these cookies are hard. Half a cookie guarantees a good 10 minutes of quiet. Unless of course I am still eating cookies…then it guarantees 30 seconds while he tries to eat the entire half a cookie and once while attempting to pry my mouth open. I also try and bribe him to talk with them. I told you. Horrible parent.
He knows what a cookie is. If you ask if he wants a cookie, you have his complete and undivided attention. You would think those would mean the idea of saying “cookie” would be really appealing. It’s not. He will, however, more than happily tell you when he is “all done” said cookie and clearly in need of another. If you don’t give him another, he’ll probably bite your foot.
Last night’s cookie deserved some story sharing. The cookie request did get some results.